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Appellate court turns down review of Calif. Medicaid reimbursement cuts

BY Alaric DeArment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal court has declined to review an earlier decision to uphold cuts to California’s Medicaid program, drawing criticism from several groups.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes California, turned down a request from the California Pharmacists Association and others for an en banc review of an earlier decision in which a panel of three judges overturned several injunctions against implementation of 10% cuts to reimbursements in the Medi-Cal program passed in 2011 by the state legislature. The CPhA said it was not surprised, but was disappointed at the decision.

"It is absurd to think you can slash reimbursement rates, resulting in pharmacists providing services below their actual costs, while at the same time expanding the Medi-Cal program to 4 million additional beneficiaries under healthcare reform beginning in 2014," CPhA CEO Jon Roth said. "I am astonished that the state thinks this will work."

 

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Kroger announces retirement of mid-south division president John Hackett

BY Mike Troy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After 50 years of service with the company, Kroger’s mid-south division president John Hackett is retiring. Hackett began his career with Kroger in 1963 as a store clerk in London, Ohio, while working his way through college at The Ohio State University.

Following graduation he entered the Kroger management training program in 1968, which led to a variety of marketing and operations roles in the Columbus and Indianapolis divisions. In 1984, John was promoted to director of merchandising of the Louisville division. In 1990 he was promoted to division president, where he oversaw the merger of the Louisville and Nashville divisions to create the mid-south division.

"During his 50-year career, John has consistently demonstrated his passion for and commitment to our associates, our customers and our local communities," said Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen. "In addition to being a great executive, John is a first-class human being and person. When you define a gentleman the definition is John Hackett. We thank John and his wife, Kay, for their many years of dedicated service and wish them the best in retirement. I am sure John will remain involved in serving the Kroger family through his community service, passionately advocating for the causes that matter deeply to John and his family."

Hackett has served as the division’s president for 23 of his 50 years at Kroger. According to the company, he has been passionate about growing the business and change throughout his entire career. During his 29 years in Louisville, the division grew from 55 stores to 161, and sales increased more than tenfold. Under his watch, the mid-south division pioneered self-checkout and opened the company’s first Kroger fuel station and Little Clinic. Hackett also led an associate safety initiative that reduced accidents by 70% and became a model for the entire company.

Hackett serves on the board of overseers for the University of Louisville and is board emeritus for the Dare to Care Food Bank. He served as a trustee for the Louisville Urban League and is a former board member of Bellarmine University, the Louisville Economic Development Association and the Metropolitan College Steering Committee. He also served as president, chairman and director of the Kentucky Retail Federation. He’s been married to wife, Kay, for 45 years. The couple has two grown children, Ann and John, and six grandchildren.

Kroger’s mid-south division is based in Louisville. It has 22,000 employees and operates 161 stores in Kentucky, Tennessee, southern Indiana and southern Illinois.

 

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J.WISHNIA says:
May-30-2013 11:10 pm

Thanks to Mr. Hackett for supporting the value of supplying Kosher Foods in his district. I only wish the McMann Kroger would adhere to his wishes... Jake Wishnia, President of the Vaad in Louisville...

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Armada Health Care achieves full URAC accreditation

BY Jason Owen

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Armada Health Care, a specialty pharmacy channel management organization, announced that the organization has been awarded Health Call Center, Health Web Site and Health Content Provider accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

"Armada continues to expand its portfolio of specialty solutions and patient services for our member pharmacy network and pharmaceutical manufacturer partners," stated Armada CEO, Lawrence Irene , R.Ph. "We have a commitment to quality and see URAC Accreditation as a critical step in continuing to provide a high-quality, patient-centric approach as we both expand existing services and develop new programs for these important industry partners."

"We applaud Armada on achieving URAC Health Call Center, Health Web Site and Health Content Provider accreditation," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. "In today’s healthcare market, URAC accreditation provides a mark of distinction for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to quality health care."

URAC Health Call Center standards apply to organizations providing triage and health information services to the public when conducted by telephone, via website or other electronic means. The standards assure that registered nurses, physicians or other validly licensed individuals perform the clinical aspects of triage and other health information services in a manner that is timely, confidential, and includes medically appropriate care and treatment advice.

The URAC Health Web Site Accreditation program is an innovative, cost-effective quality improvement service that provides meaningful feedback to health website owners on how to improve the quality of online operations, including:

  • Privacy and security;
  • Health content editorial processes;
  • Disclosure of financial relationships;
  • Linking policies;
  • Consumer complaints; and 
  • Emerging best practices.

The URAC Health Content Provider Accreditation program requires health content providers to develop editorial policies and apply these policies to health content licensed to other websites.

 

 

 

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